Oyster Bay street renamed in honor of renowned journalist, hometown hero Marie Colvin
A lasting tribute was held Saturday for renowned journalist and hometown hero Marie Colvin in Oyster Bay.
Colvin was best known for her wartime reporting and was a highly regarded foreign affairs correspondent who traveled the world.
Family and friends gathered to honor her in a very public way by unveiling Marie Colvin Way.
Colvin was a foreign affairs correspondent for three decades and known for her trademark black eye patch. Colvin was killed in 2012 in Syria doing what she loved.
“She was very humble. I don't think she ever expected attention or accolades, as much as she deserved it. She would have never thought she did,” said her sister, Cathleen Colvin.
Poems about Colvin were read out loud at the unveiling and drawings dedicated to her were also showcased.
Many attended the event to express appreciation for her life and work.
“Marie set a tone for all of us to follow. She was about the truth, humanitarian efforts and her bravery to inform the world,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino.
That bravery is something that resonated with Syosset High School Senior Sabrina Guo, an advocate for the street renaming.
“Her legacy is something that younger girls, younger boys, especially in Oyster Bay, need to know and remember,” she said.
Colvin’s sister has also created a charity named after her honor. The charity is dedicated to helping victims of war-torn areas and supporting journalists who cover those stories.
“We've been able to do a lot of good work, particularly with Syrian refugees in Afghanistan helping women journalist get out. We're carrying on Marie's work,” she said.